A cruise ship succumbs to a terrorist act and capsizes on New Year's eve. A rag-tag group of survivors, spearheaded by a priest and a homeland security agent, must journey through the upside down vessel and attempt an escape.
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A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive. Written by
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Filming was delayed twice due to cost. In addition to oceans of red ink incurred by its television division (ironically from high-budget shows produced by Irwin Allen), Twentieth Century-Fox was also suffering from losses from several big-budget musicals undertaken in the wake of the studio's enormous success with The Sound of Music (1965), Doctor Dolittle (1967), Star! (1968), and Hello, Dolly! (1969), as spectacles were being trounced by smaller character-driven films, and the studio was nervous about a disaster movie's prospects, especially one produced by Allen. Fox finally relented when Allen promised to raise half of the budget himself. Reportedly, Allen found outside backers by crossing Pico Boulevard from Fox's main gate to the nearby Hillcrest Country Club, where he found some friends playing cards. During the card game, Allen cajoled them into backing his film. Because the studio never spent any of the backers' money, the backers made a tidy profit from the success of the film without actually spending a dime. See more »
When Acres fell there was an explosion underneath him that killed him. What he fell into was the ship's open-air ventilation shaft. There is nothing on the top of the shaft that could have blown up. See more »
'The Poseidon Adventure' is a supremely entertaining flick from the days when blockbusters were amongst the best movies out there. Rather than the worst.
Sure, it's corny and it's histrionics can seem overly familiar, but it still packs a punch. This is due to the fact that it's played completely straight. Well, relatively straight in the case of the Borgnine/ Stevens double-act. And it achieves real dramatic resonance from it's allegorical plot line. It pretty much created the template for the 'disaster' film.
Red Buttons' funky little walk up on deck.
The way Pamela Sue Martin and her date boogie down when they hit the dance floor.
Pamela Sue Martin's legs. Ditto Carol Lynley.
Lynley's hippy brother.
Roddy McDowall's accent and dialogue (consisting mostly of "yes, sir" and "I think so, sir").
Ernest Borgnine learning that kids can be useful as well as merely irritating.
Hackman's "Please, God - not THIS woman" schtick and death scene.
All of Stella Stevens' wardrobe.
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